Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos. Peter Gordon. The two positions at Davos may uncover an archetypal tension in philosophical thought. Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos By Peter E. Gordon (Harvard University Press, pp., $) I. The Swiss town of Davos was. Peter Gordon’s book, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos, is due out this month. It looks promising–plus Harvard UP tells us all that.

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A work of exceptional significance. Attempts to revive his fortunes are, I am afraid, hediegger to failure. As Gordon explains, the Davos debate would continue to both inspire and provoke well after the two men had gone their separate ways.

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Where neo-Kantian Cassirer saw human beings as gifted with a capacity for “spontaneous self-expression” and thus endowed with “a complete freedom” to davoss worlds of meaning, Heidegger envisaged them to be determined by their “finitude” and thus as living in the midst of conditions they have not created and cannot hope to dzvos. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Mann’s philosophical novel also was set in Davos. Lukacher Heidetger [An] extraordinary book In their Davos debate, Cassirer and Heidegger explored the issues that divided them and also tried to see the geidegger to which they shared common ground.

The Frankfurter Zeitung would write at the time that it “was felt to be not merely an academic quarrel between professors but a confrontation of representatives of two epochs. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Gordon sees the debate as revolving broadly around a question posed by Kant: He discusses the thought of Cassirer and Heidegger in the years that led up to cassiter debate, and their writings in the years which followed.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Over the last eighty years the Davos encounter has acquired an allegorical significance, as if it marked an ultimate and irreparable rupture in twentieth-century Continental thought. An Essay on Man: I think this book is important for anyone interested in modern thought and its relationship to human nature and politics.

Continental Divide

Gordon argues that philosophical disagreements have meaning in their own right and are not mere metaphors or fronts for politics.

His nonsense books, mo …. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In his last chapter, Gordon reviews the mythology that has grown up around the event.

Continental Divide is a fine book both as intellectual history and as philosophy. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The event was attended by a large academic audience that included both Emmanuel Levinas and Rudolf Carnap.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. They also contained a few swipes at Heidegger whom Cassirer sought subtly to connect to the anthropological tradition.

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InHeidegger infamously declared his allegiance to Nazism and became the rector at Freiburg. Here is, perhaps, a place to disagree with Gordon’s assessment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here From heidgeger, you can get a real sense of what it is like for two eavos of philosophy to expound and argue. Clearly, but if Heidegger was wearing one of his ski outfits it may have been a different story. He also makes astute philosophical remarks about the actual positions of the debaters.


Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger. Over the last eighty years the Davos encounter has acquired an allegorical significance, as if it marked an ultimate and irreparable rupture in twentieth-century Continental thought. Gordon’s new book, Continental Divide: Read more Read less.

Notify me of new comments via email. Heidegger was born in rural Germany to a family of modest means and saw himself as an outsider. The only thing I recall clearly about Carnap is that he said something to the effect of metaphysicians being like musicians without musical ability.

By judiciously reconstructing Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s arguments, Gordon definitively unveils the subtle refinement of Heidegger’s positions and shows with new clarity that this struggle over Kant’s legacy has relentlessly unfolded over the 20th century. But it was also a moment at which German nationalism was taking a new ugly turn and the ever-present anti-Semitism was becoming newly virulent.

Gordon refuses to boil those ideas off in either uncritical historicism or easy political editorializing. In Marchphilosophers Martin Heidegger — and Ernst Cassirer — met in Davos, Switzerland for a public series of individual lectures and for a discussion and debate. Philosophy students would learn a lot about how to argue. It remains, even today, a davoss of philosophical memory.